E-update March 2019

Below are recent updates on the Partnership’s projects:
Project Updates
IACCB Update

The first phase of IACCB was finalised on 5 February 2019. The program has been extended for two years to February 2021. The extension will test the commercial sustainability of its eight projects and three cattle breeding models. It will also ensure that there is adequate time to effectively promote the proven commercial models to investors and government.

Mr Dick Slaney has also completed his assignment as the IACCB Team Leader. IACCB’s achievements are a direct result of Dick’s hard work and dedication. Dick’s replacement, Mr Paul Boon, commenced on 21 January and has undergone a rigorous induction and handover process to ensure a smooth transition. Paul has extensive experience in managing community development and agriculture programs in Indonesia, and is committed to take the IACCB program to the next level.   

For more information on the program, please visit http://iaccbp.org.

Commercial Cattle Breeding and Management Training

The next batch of Commercial Cattle Breeding and Management Training will be conducted in April 2019. Applications for the training was closed on 22 February and successful applicants will be notified by 8 March.  

Twenty participants from Indonesia’s cattle breeding industry will be selected to join the three-week program (two weeks in Indonesia and one week in Australia). Participants will learn about cattle breeding practices in both countries to improve their skills in commercial breeding operations.

Partnership Administration Engagements
New Australian Partnership Members

We are excited to announce the appointment of an additional two new Australian non-government members of the Partnership. They are The Hon. Lawrence Springborg, farmer/grazier and former Leader of the Opposition in Queensland and Dr Christine Pitt, CEO, Food Futures Company.

Mid-Term Review of the Partnership

As the Partnership enters into its fifth year of operations, a mid-term review was conducted to examine what had been achieved in Phase 1 (2013-2018) and determine areas for improvements and key priorities over the next five years. Throughout January, the review team (Mr David Goodwins and Prof Dahlanuddin) interviewed key Indonesian and Australian stakeholders to gather their feedback on the Partnership. The outcomes of the review were presented at the 7th Partnership meeting on 22 February 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.

Partnership Newsletter

The Partnership has recently released its third Newsletter featuring key activities over the last six months. The newsletter is available for download at http://redmeatcattlepartnership.org/newsletter.

Please visit the website (http://redmeatcattlepartnership.org) and follow us on Facebook and Twitter (@IAredmeatcattle) to stay on top of the latest news and activities.

MLA Joint Industry Workshop and Supply Chain Visit

In the lead up to the 7th Partnership meeting, Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) hosted a supply chain visit to feedlots and abattoirs around Melbourne, Australia on 18 – 19 February 2019. A group of Indonesian beef and livestock industry representatives, MLA Indonesia Country Manager and Cattle Council Australia’s CEO joined the tour.

Following the supply chains visit, MLA brought together a bigger group of Indonesian and Australian industry representatives in a Joint Industry Workshop to discuss the draft Indonesian and Australian Joint Industry Action Plan, which outlines priority actions for both industries over the next 4 years. The final draft Action Plan was presented at the 7th Partnership meeting.  

7th Partnership Meeting

The 7th Partnership Meeting was held in Melbourne, Australia on 22 February 2019. At the meeting, Members acknowledged the Partnership achievements to date and discussed the outcomes of the Partnership mid-term review and the Indonesia Australia Joint Industry Action Plan. Members also discussed future strategic priorities and agreed to several key recommendations, including developing a program design for the Partnership. A program design workshop is scheduled for late March/early April in Jakarta will clarify the Partnership objectives, strategic framework and priorities over the next 4 years.

Prior to the Partnership meeting, on 21 February, Indonesia’s Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) organised an Investment Roundtable attended by 50 Australian and Indonesian industry representatives interested in investing in Indonesia. The meeting provided a good basis for understanding how both countries can continue to work together to overcome roadblocks and to promote potential investment opportunities.

Upcoming Events
  • Late March/early April: Partnership program design workshop, Jakarta